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sculpordwarf007
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Looking for Preamp recommendation under $1500

Hello, I'm new to audiophile hobby. I am thinking of investing into separate DAC, Preamp and Power amp components. Please recommend me a preamp without inbuilt DAC (since I'll have it separately).

- Open to try both Tube and Solid state
- Balanced inputs/outputs are must
- Prefer HT bypass functionality
- Can stretch the budget to $2000 if it's really good
- Mostly listen to pop music. I like warm sound signature with tight and punchy bass.
- Trial period is must (country: USA)

So far I have following in my shortlist:
- Schiit Freya+
- Topping Pre90

Looking to match it with:
- DAC: Schiit Bifrost 2, Topping D90SE
- Power amp: Parasound Halo A21+

Current System:
- AVR: Marantz SR6014
- Front Speakers: Paradigm Premier 800f
- Sub: SVS SB2000 pro

Appreciate your suggestions. Thanks. :)

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NAD

I love my NAD 106. Excellent build and fidelity. My source is vinyl, so I love the mono switch and MM/MC phono stage. I think it's the best deal going in terms of used products.

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Just curious…

What are you upgrading from? I see you have a Parasound A21+…that’s a beast. I would have normally recommended the matching Parasound Halo P6.

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Thank you everyone for you

Thank you everyone for you suggestions. After going through lots of reviews and suggestions, I have decided to get my Schiit together! :)

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